Here's Eva Cassidy, "Songbird".

I have a tremendous love & respect for Cassidy's work. She had the most perfect taste of any singer-only performer I've ever known. And w.r.t. genre? She was, as am I, *fuck* genre. I sing it cuz I like how I feel when I sing it.
This is a Fleetwood Mac cover, of course. It shows off her dynamics, most of her work is like this, with an incredible gift for, you'll laugh, just volume. She goes from whisper to chanteuse to self-chorus to *edge*, like ain't nobody bidness.
If you own all her work, I do, what you'll find is an amazingly strong singer who just absolutely refused to sing anything that didn't please her. This is no Ella, no Billie, no Amy & Emily, no other Amy. But damn, she was herself, and herself was rather fine.

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24 Nov
Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, "I'm Gonna Build On That Shore".

This is, first of all, a towering take.
The two singers you're hearing the most of are Sam Cooke and Julius Cheeks. Neither was a founder or base of this group, which started around *1920*. This is 1954.
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24 Nov
Here's Carmen McRae, "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most".

This is one of maybe three takes that establish McRae as one of the superstars of jazz vocals.
The song has a lovely lyric. But musically, it's kinda repetitive and simple. It's her voice that makes it *become*.
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24 Nov
A note to my followers who wonder what's up with music-tweets and ONI-tweets. I'm spozed to be this senior geekery theorist, but there's all this other noise. Let me position myself both a) in general, and b) in temporally specific.
a) I got to be a senior geekery theorist by opening my heart-mind. I follow my nose, into all sorts of weird seemingly unrelated things, you haven't even seen the worst of it yet. I believe, with Hofstadter, that analogy *is* cognition. I feed my geekery with ideas from all over.
b) For 25 years, I was diagnosed, therapped, medicated depressive. In remission 5 years now, no idea why/how. I discover I've seasonal affective disorder. I spend all year doing my client work so I can spend a quarter combining rest and the work I most love: making content.
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24 Nov
My daughters, one of whom lives in our odd-shaped duplex former group house with her family, one of whom is just visiting for a month or two, commented on me going to stand out on my deck and sing to the trees.
Everything they said was positive, even glowing. They say they *love* it when they hear me doing it.
This being noticed makes me shy.

It makes me hang back. It makes me select my times and my material.

I did not anticipate this.

I am still working through it.
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24 Nov
Walker Brothers, "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore".

There are songs, and takes of songs, that just *work*.

They're not good, exactly. They're not world-changing, at all. They're not any easy thing.

Especially, though, they're not universal.

They're custom to the victim.

This is one of mine.
I know most of you won't, but here's my suggestion: Go outside, preferably standing surrounded by trees, with no one else nearby.

Sing this to them.

It's good for the trees and it's good for you.
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23 Nov
Oxygen Not Included: I gave some bad advice on the how-to of the pour-in infinistore rig. I'm of the opinion one should correct such sins to the same audience one committed them upon.
This is the frame. The airlock door and the airflow tiles are required, to handle the pressure. (Both kinds of tile can handle any liquid pressure.) It must be either all doors or at least a door in that location: if it were airflow the gas we're gonna trap could leak. An Oxygen Not Included Screenshot
As you can see, you can surround this bad boy with insulated tiles and stay on a 4-tall grid. In this case, I don't need insulation. You can widen that trough on the left side as much as you like. This one will leave just one column open to the air. How wide depends on sources.
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